I had a request to make a post about some drawing tips for Helga.  So, here it goes…

Drawing Helga Basics 101: If you know how to draw a circle, you’re already half-way there.

I am not kidding.  Many of Helga’s features are based off circles: the shape of her head, her eyes, her nose, even her ears.  So if you want to draw Helga but don’t know how to draw a circle, stop reading this post and start drawing circles for, I don’t know, 10 or 15 minutes straight.  Seriously, circles are that important. 

Now, to actually jump into the actual basic facial proportions of Helga:

Helga’s Head

  • The shape of Helga’s head is basically a circle.

Helga’s Eyes

  • The bottom of her eyes touch the horizontal midline along her face.

Helga's eyes

  • In a 3/4 view, Helga has a “skinny eye” and a “fat eye”. 

Helga's eyes

  • The width of the “skinny eye” is roughly 1/4 the width of her head…

Helga's eyes

  • …while the width of her “fat eye” is roughly 1/3 the width of her head.

Helga's eyes

  • The distance between her two eyes is roughly 1/8 the width of her head.

Helga's eyes

Helga’s Nose

  • Her nose is basically a modified circle.

Helga's nose

  • The width (and height) of her nose is 1/4 the width of her head.

Helga's nose

  • The starting point and ending point of her nose are along the same vertical plane.

Helga's nose

  • Her nose covers a little bit of (or at least touches) her “skinny eye”.

Helga's nose

Helga’s Mouth

  • The curve of her lip starts on the same horizontal plane as the ending point of her nose.

Helga's mouth

  • The extension of her lip from the general circle of Helga’s head is 1/4 the width of her head.

Helga's mouth

  • Her top teeth can extend as far as the outline of the general circle of Helga’s head.

Helga's mouth

Helga’s Ears

  • Helga’s ears are basically a circle with extensions.

Helga's ears

  • The top of her ear and bottom of her upper lip is along the same horizontal line.

Helga's ears

  • The length of her ear is 1/4 the width of her head.

Helga's ears

Helga’s Hair

  • In a 3/4 view, she has a short and long pigtail.

Helga's hair

  • Here are the general proportions of Helga’s pigtails relative to her head:

Helga's hair

  • The pigtail that is on the same side of her ear touches her ear.

Helga's hair

  • You should be able to draw a smooth curve connecting her two pigtails together.

Helga's hair

Expressing Emotion

  • Helga’s facial expressions are a result of a combination of her eyebrows, eyes, and mouth (and occasionally hair).  The best way to learn how to draw Helga’s emotions is to experiment with these combinations, study her expressions from HA! episodes, and see what facial experiments you get.

Angry Helga

A drawing I did of Helga angry from a scene in “Buses, bikes, and subways”.  You do not want to get in her way when she’s angry.

Lovey-dovey Helga

And another drawing I did of Helga in one of her lovey-dovey moods from a scene in “Arnold visits Arnie”. 

Hope these tips will help you to draw Helga better in 5th season style!  But remember, the best way to learn how to draw her is through practice, practice, practice!  And as always, if you have any additional drawing tips for Helga, I’d love to hear them.  😀

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